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Oven Roasted Green Beans

oven roasted green beans

Last week, I featured oven roasted green beans in a bento. I decided to throw green beans in the oven compared to steaming for two reasons. First, I had pan roasted green beans for my puerco pibil bento box and was subsequently asked by the Feisty Foodie if I had oven roasted them. I was [...]

Black Beans with Orange Juice

black beans with orange juice

Black Beans with Orange Juice. The title of this recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian seems both simple and slightly odd when I first read it. The ingredients are what made the decision to try the recipe. First, it indicates to serve over rice. Perfect. I was looking for a black bean [...]

NTM: Roasted Cabbage

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It is amazing to me that vegetables I thought I never cared for cooked are proving me wrong when roasted.  Cabbage is another example.  I love cabbage raw.  If you live in the South, coleslaw is a fact of life, and a tasty one at that.  However, cabbage cooked is a fact of life, especially [...]

Recipe: Zucchini & Onion Skewers (NTM)

zucchini skewers

I’ve decided that a new recipe qualifies as a New-to-Me post.  So, here’s the first one I’m sharing. Zucchini is one of the vegetables that I’ve tried in an attempt to find new foods I’m willing to eat.  However, I was never able to find a way to like zucchini.  It went onto my list [...]

NTM: Cous Cous

cous cous

  Cous Cous is a “grain” that I’ve never tried before. I quote the word grain since I’ve read couscous isn’t actually a grain, but extremely tiny pasta. In fact, before I started cooking for myself and learning more about the great world of food, I didn’t even realize cous cous was a grain-like substance [...]

Photo Friday: Quinoa Scramble Recipe

quinoa scramble

Here it is.  My quick and simple recipe for the quinoa scramble that has been in my bento box this week.  Today’s bento box looks like yesterday’s bento box which looks like Wednesday’s bento box.  Each of them had this scramble in it.  I haven’t gotten tired of it yet.  To start, you need the [...]

NTM Tuesday: Quinoa


When I first started this bento journey in 2007, I knew I’d never make it if I didn’t (1) learn to cook and (2) expand my palate.  Before bento, I was a very limited eater.  I still am in some ways, but have grown to like other things.  This comes from trial and era.  Almost [...]

Recapturing a Memory: Chorizo Garlic Potatoes

chorizo potatos

This is Kim.  She runs the Passion and Art Blog, sews, crafts, is creative, is a mom, and is currently pregnant with  her second child.  Congrats again Kim!  If you visit her blog, you can see some of her most recent craft creations.  The dresses for her and her daughter are just too awesome. Kim [...]

Recipe: Corn & Pepper Relish

A few days ago, I showed this dinner as a prelude to Bento #191 and alluded to the recipe for the corn & pepper relish that was the side dish.  Using the word recipe for this little concoction is probably false advertising.  There isn’t much effort at all to making this little side dish, something [...]